Toronto has a wonderfully eclectic and international food scene. Even though it is a bit of a mission to travel to it from the west end, where I live, Maha’s is worth the trip to Little India, in the east end of town.
To clarify, Maha’s is an Egyptian brunch place (but how very Toronto for an Egyptian restaurant to be a stone’s throw from the City’s Indian enclave!). Egyptian brunch means dreamy variations on classic brunch involving fava beans, eggs, falafel, homemade salads and bread, and savoury spices… and date grilled cheese sandwiches, and shakshuka, and more… all prepared by Maha herself and her family. I also never leave Maha’s without one of their renowned honey-cardamom lattes, which have developed a bit of a reputation for their creaminess and spicy sweetness.
The restaurant itself is small, bright and airy, with plenty of colourful Egyptian artwork, textures and other special touches. In the summertime, you can sit on their cute patio.
My recent visits to Maha’s have involved a bit of a wait (as it is quite popular, and a small space). But you can order a latte while you wait in line, so come with friends and enjoy some time to catch up before you settle into the restaurant. Afterward, you can wander through Little India along Gerrard St E.